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Online safety report

The Culture, Media and Sport Committee has published its 6th Report – Online safety.  The report follows an inquiry which focused on three disparate aspects of online content and behaviour.

  • illegal content, especially images of child abuse;
  • harmful adult content being made freely available to children;
  • bullying and harassment on social media.

The report summary states:

The internet has revolutionised communications and information sharing. It provides an ever increasingly important platform for creativity and economic growth. Online social media services are providing new ways of interacting and keeping in touch. Online communications enable expressions of human behaviour both positive and negative; sometimes downright criminal. Our inquiry has focused on three disparate aspects of online content and behaviour, all of which are of widespread concern: illegal content, especially images of child abuse; harmful adult content being made freely available to children; bullying and harassment on social media.

The report gives recommendations on legislation and policy and the behaviour of service providers, particularly social media companies.